ASPA Hampton Roads 2020 Awards

The Hampton Roads (Virginia) Chapter of ASPA has recognized an outstanding practitioner, a distinguished scholar, and a public administration student during the 2020 program year.

Bill Burket, Director, Marine Incident Response Team/Emergency Operations, Virginia Port Authority, Norfolk, VA

  • The JULIAN F. HIRST AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE is awarded to a Hampton Roads public administrator with a distinguished record of public service. The award is named after Julian F. Hirst, who served as City Manager of Norfolk from 1975 until retirement in 1985. His role as Executive Director of the Virginia Municipal League further enriched his public administration career.

Mr. Burket was recognized for his dedication to increasing port safety in the Port of Virginia. Beginning in 1984, he began to develop a collaborative approach to preparing for and responding to maritime emergencies in Hampton Roads, one of the largest commercial ports on the East Coast. Incrementally building relationships and garnering support from many organizations, his efforts directly contributed to the groundswell development of the Virginia Port Authority’s Marine Incident Response Team, which now includes nearly a score of participating local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private sector organizations. His long-term passion and persistence have contributed to increased safety in the port, supporting both a higher quality of life for the region’s communities, as well as a more robust economic engine for the region.

Mary B. Manjikian, Professor, Associate Dean, Robertson School of Government, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

  • The DR. WOLFGANG PINDUR AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN ACADEMIA AND PRACTICE is awarded to a Hampton Roads academic, recognizing outstanding service in the area of public administration education. The award honors Dr. Wolfgang Pindur, an academic whose lifelong efforts sought to bridge the worlds of the academic and the practitioner, seeking to continuously increase the effectiveness and efficiency of public services.

Dr. Manjikian was recognized for a distinguished academic career, which continues through today. She has published five scholarly books on topics such as cyber-security and international affairs, written five book chapters, and published seven scholarly articles. Dr. Manjikian is a scholar-practitioner, with distinguished public service supporting her scholarly pursuits, 

including service as a Foreign Service Officer in Russia and Bulgaria, and as the Director of the International Programs for the Center for Excellence in Education. Her influence as a scholar and her quality as a faculty member is validated by her receipt of prestigious external awards and positions including the Regent’s Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Short Term Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Nagel Institute Professional Development Program on Religion in China, and a Fulbright Research Scholar award at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, Great Britain.

Her distinguished and lengthy service seeking to bridge the gap between academia and practice, her commitment to democratic ideals, and her passion for seeking to develop and sustain high-levels of responsive public service are to be commended.

Taiwo Oguntuyo, Doctoral Candidate, Public Administration and Policy, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

  • The Hampton Roads ASPA Chapter Student Scholarship recognizes the potential for individual excellence in public service through scholarship and practice.

Ms. Oguntuyo is a Graduate Research Assistant at Old Dominion University, and currently serves as the Secretary to the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA. Her previous professional experience includes that of Director of Operation for the Feed the Gifted Nonprofit Foundation (OFTG), Nigeria, and as a Research Assistant engaging in Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Sustainability of Chesapeake Bay Shorescapes. She has been an active, volunteer participant in university and community activities. She is currently interested in diversity, responsive governance, and environmental justice. We wish her the best of fortune in her academic and professional endeavors.

November Presentation and Luncheon

Our guest speaker for the November luncheon was Latiesha D. Handie, Executive Director of the Hampton Diversity College. “The Hampton Diversity College (HDC) is a multi-level and interactive educational program that concentrates on increasing knowledge on the value of diversity, unity, and inclusion in contemporary workplaces and in our community.” The HDC is an exciting municipal program, working actively with the community, public agencies, and the public sector. Since its inception, the HDC has achieved numerous national accolades for innovations and diversity in local government.

September Luncheon and Presentation

Our September speaker was Paula Bazemore from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC; https://inclusiveva.org/). Their mission is “Addressing prejudices, in all forms, to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust.” The VCIC works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Through workshops, retreats, and customized programs that raise knowledge, motivation, and skills, VCIC develops leaders who work together to achieve success throughout the Commonwealth.

Ms. Bazemore is the Hampton Roads Program Manager at VCIC. In her role, she serves as the link between VCIC and community partners through designing, facilitating, and convening diversity and inclusion workshops.

The luncheon was held on September 19th from 11:30-1:00 at the Quality Suites Lake Wright, 1521 Premium Outlets, Norfolk, VA 23502.

HR ASPA Chapter Election Results

Thank you all for your participation in our FY 2018-19 program year. The results of our chapter election have been finalized and we are pleased to announce the winners of the FY 2019-20 election:

President: Thomas Poulin
Student Representative: Brian Ronan
Council Members: Wie Yusuf, Gary Roberts, Stanley Skinner, and Jerry Hoddinott

Just as a reminder, we have several returning council members: Elijah Agyapong, Kelly Doolan, Celeste Greene, and Jianchong Luo.

Congratulations to each of you and we look forward to our FY 2019-20 program year.

Spring 2019 Symposium

The Student-Practitioner/Scholar Resilience-Sustainability Research Symposium was held on March 21, 2019 from 9 am-1 pm at the Quality Suites Lake Wright-Norfolk Airport
1521 Premium Outlet Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.

The ASPA Hampton Roads Chapter Research Symposium included two panels, one for students and one for practitioners and scholars.

Student panel

  • Ronnie Parker, Regent University MPA, “Hampton Roads/RVA Joint Collaborative Efforts and Diversity: Creating National Recognition”
  • Mechelle B. Smith, ODU PhD. Public Administration, “Social Vulnerability and Hurricane Response: Emergency Management Policy and Implementation in a Social Construction Paradigm”
  • Debbie Cohen, Regent University, MA in National Security Studies, “EMP Policy, An Enhanced U.S. Electrical Grid”

Practitioner/Scholar Panel

  • Joshua Steinfeld, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Service, Old Dominion University, Cybersecurity Federal Procurement Processes – Approaches, Challenges, and Strategies.
  • Michelle Covi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice, Virginia Sea Grant Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Old Dominion University, Resilience Adaption Feasibility Tool.
  • John Dano, Chief of Planning and Analysis, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, The SWIFT Program.
  • Celeste Murphy, Greene, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Program Director, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, Virginia’s Coastal Future: Strategies for Sustainability

Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Virginia Beach Mayor Bob Dyer

September Membership Luncheon Meeting

Featured Speakers at the September Luncheon:

Dr. Wie Yusuf is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service, Strome College of Business at ODU and is the Steering Committee Chair of the Resilience Collaborative. As a policy scholar, her focuses are on climate change and environmental policy, transportation policy, and fiscal policy. The ODU Resilience Collaborative (ODURC) is a consortium of leading scholars actively engaged in research, education, and outreach on critical issues for resilience at the community, regional, national, and global levels as a coordinated effort for resilience collaboration. [Dr. Yusuf’s presentation (PDF).]

Kyle Spencer is the Deputy Resilience Officer for the City of Norfolk and will speak about Norfolk’s resilience strategy, which contains actionable recommendations to face and respond to our current and future challenges and capitalize on our strengths and opportunities. The actions that support the strategy are diverse, but all of them are a commitment to a new way of doing business — collective and coordinated action to build resilience. [Mr. Spencer’s presentation (Google Drive link).]

The event was held at the Quality Suites Lake Wright, 1521 Premium Outlets Blvd, Building A, Norfolk, VA, 23502 on September 20, 2018 from 11:30-1:15 PM.